Working While on Dialysis
Stay healthy and Employed
You've just been placed on dialysis, now what?
Don't Quit just yet. Right now dialysis is incredibly scary, even for those who have had time to adjust. Your kidneys have been struggling, and dialysis will take some time to get your system back in better shape, but keep in mind, that many people start to feel better after a few treatments on dialysis.
Family Medical Leave of Absence (FMLA). This will usually allow you a 12-week reprieve from your job to evaluate your options and finances while focusing on your health and new lifestyle needs to make the best decision for you
Budget. one of the biggest impacts dialysis can have on any individual is financial.
-Insurance Coverage: Are you able to find alternate financial coverage to cover costs of treatment and pricey medications? Don't worry, there are options, and our Insurance specialists will be more than willing to help you apply for alternate insurances, but it's best to really look at your finances and see if your budget will allow you to meet the needed costs of copays and premiums.
-If you do have insurance through your employer and decide to continue working, check the benefits to see if options for short or long term disability is available.
-You can also contact Social Security to estimate your disability income, which may even cover 30-40 percent of your current wages to make your day to day costs more manageable.
Options: Consider the various treatment types and which one will fit your work schedule. Ask your doctor about flexible options such as Peritoneal Dialysis. However if your care team and yourself continue with in center Hemodialysis, as about our Professional Shift
What is a Professional Shift?
A professional shift are dialysis shifts are Hemodialysis shifts at times that allow patients who may choose or need to continue working after being placed on dialysis. All staff is aware of your time constraints and work the extra mile to ensure as little disruption to your life and career.
What Times are these shifts offered?
4:15 AM for those looking to finish treatment and head to work.
6:00 PM for those looking to come right after work.
Am I eligible for a Professional Shift?
Most Likely! All you have to do to apply is request the time slot and give an explanation for needing the times. We understand it may be due to time constraints from your job, or family obligations, and even transportation. We will do our very best to accommodate your lifestyle, but chairs are limited and we can't always guarantee availability. BUT, we will do everything in our power to make dialysis as less of a burden as possible and will alert anyone if chairs become available. We will speak with potentially flexible patients if they may be able to switch. We work as a family and team to ensure everyone is taken care of to stay as healthy as possible without disruption.
How do I Apply?
We are one of the very few clinics in the area that offer these timings and accomodations. We believe that Dialysis does not have to stop your life, and we will work to help you continue to live your life.